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The Memphis Grizzlies don’t have much going for them at the moment. Mike Conley is on the shelf. They are 18-36 and have lost five in a row. They are also just one game away from being the worst team out west.

But as the trade deadline nears, they are holding firm in their asking price for Tyreke Evans. It’s just that the NBA isn’t following suit. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, teams are holding on to their first-rounders for dear life.

“Sources: Memphis still holding out for a first-round pick to move Tyreke Evans — and Boston, Denver and Philadelphia have resisted offers beyond either a young player or a second-rounder. First-rounders have never been gripped so tightly in the league.”

So that’s that then. On the other hand, can you really blame these teams? Tyreke Evans (19.5/5.0/5.0) is probably worth a first-rounder, but Denver gains nothing in trading their first-round pick. Philadelphia, currently clinging to the eight-seed out east, doesn’t either. Both the Nuggets and 76ers might find themselves in the playoffs this year, but they’re still a long way from genuinely competing. 

The NBA trade deadline is today at 3 p.m. ET. We'll see if anyone bites before then!

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